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Milk products will become easier to distinguish from milk-containing products

Milk products will become easier to distinguish from milk-containing products

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7/9/2018

Consumers will be able to clearly distinguish between milk-containing products with or without the addition of a substitute for milk fat. For this purpose, a number of amendments are introduced for the labeling. Corresponding changes in the technical regulations of the Customs Union "On Safety of Milk and Milk Products" adopted on November 10, 2017 by the Decision No. 102 of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission, enter into force on July 16 this year.

The manufacturer shall provide information about the presence of vegetable oils in the milk-containing product with a substitute for milk fat. The phrase "Contains vegetable oils" shall be entered in the information field specially marked on the package or label, in a font contrasting with the color of the field.

The name of a milk-containing product with a substitute for milk fat shall begin with the words "a milk-containing product with a substitute for milk fat". The exceptions are creamy spread, cream-vegetable melted mixture, and ice cream with a substitute for milk fat.

Information on the manufacture technology of such a milk-containing product with a substitute for milk fat shall be indicated in wording "produced (manufactured) according to the technology" indicating the concept established for the relevant milk product. For example, "a milk-containing product with a substitute for milk fat manufactured according to the sour cream technology”, "a milk cream with a substitute for milk fat produced according to the technology of cottage cheese".

At the same time, in the name of a milk-containing product with a substitute for milk fat the word "product" can be replaced with the general technical term describing the consistency or structure of the product: cream, paste, sauce, etc.

For milk-containing products and milk-containing products with a substitute for milk fat, it is prohibited to use the concepts established by the technical regulations for milk and milk products, their various combinations, including in names and trademarks, when labeling such products, used for any purposes that might mislead the consumer. The labels shall also exclude words formed from the concepts of milk products, for example, "cheese-like" "cheesy", "cheese", "sour cream", "cottage cheesy", "cream", "creamy", "cottage cheese-like", etc.

According to the Decision No. 40 of the EEC Board dated March 20, 2018, transitional provisions are established on the entry into force of amendments to the technical regulations. They determine that until January 16, 2019 entrepreneurs in the Eurasian Economic Union will be able to produce milk products with old markings and trade them provided that they have documents on assessing the compliance with the requirements of technical regulations issued before the entry into force of the above amendments.

In addition, the circulation of such products manufactured in this period is allowed for the entire shelf life of the product set by the manufacturer.

For reference

Amendments to the technical regulations of the Customs Union "On Safety of Milk and Milk Products" were adopted by the Decision No. 102 of the EEC Council dated November 10, 2017. Their purpose is to establish requirements for labeling milk products, for the rules for specifying information on the label, for the use of concepts that characterize the peculiarities of the raw material composition in the names of milk-containing products and milk-containing products with a substitute for milk fat. The amendments to the technical regulations clarified and supplemented the classification of milk-containing products.